For 2016, the new and updated Honda CR-V is expected to come with plenty of improvements including superior fuel economy ratings, self-folding rear seats, plenty of safety features, abundant cargo and passenger space, and appealing technological features. Its release date details are still under wraps but we expect them soon in the coming weeks.

According to rumors, the vehicle isn’t expected to change significantly over the previous model, however, several novelties should be expected. Buyers should expect new exterior styling and richer feature lists especially for the standard model including rear climate vents, front console armrests, and 7” touchscreen integrated with the LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system.

The vehicle is now smoother and better as you would expect from the CR-V with each passing year. The vehicle still comes with its refreshed 2.4L powerplant that comes mated to the Continuously Variable Transmission system. The combo as a result provides more torque and slightly better fuel economy ratings.

Still, the offerings aren’t something out of the blues, and Honda’s appeal hasn’t evolved over the years. There is nothing revolutionary about it, as it still offers the same carlike handling, high driving position, and spacious backseat, however, the segment where it seats is a hotly contested one. Buyers have several alternatives including the Mazda CX-5 for 2015, the 2016 Ford Escape, and 2016 Subaru Forester.

2016 Honda CR-V Date Of Release and Price

We should expect the base 2016 Honda CR-V LX to feature an MSRP of about $23,445, and about $31,645 for the top-of-the-line Touring model. Unfortunately, the release dates nitty-gritties haven’t been release yet but we anticipate them in the coming weeks.

2016 Honda CR-V Exterior Colors & Interior Changes

The five passenger Sports Utility Vehicle is expected to be offered in a whopping four trims just as before.

The base 2016 Honda CR-V LX should be expected to come fitted with 60/40-split folding and reclining aft seats, a rearview camera, 16” steel wheels, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheels, Pandora Internet radio compatibility, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a height-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, CD player, auxiliary audio jack, premium audio system, cruise control, an iPod/USB audio interface, and trunk mounted release handles.

As for the 2016 Honda CR-V EX, expect LED running lights, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring system, 17” alloy wheels, a retractable cargo cover, 7” touchscreen display, premium audio system, a rearview camera, rear privacy glass, a sunroof/moonroof, automatic headlights, USB port, and an all-surround camera.

2016 Honda CR-V front side

The 2016 Honda CR-V EX-L comes bundled with dual-zone automatic climate control, roof rails, premium audio system, exterior heated mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview camera, leather upholstery, and automatic wipers.

As for the top-of-the-line 2016 Honda CR-V Touring, expect a lane departure warning system, driver memory settings, a power liftgate, 18” wheels, HD radio, a navigation system, forward collision mitigation system, and adaptive cruise control.

Interior wise, the vehicle offers a practical cabin that offers its occupants a lot of interior space. In addition, the vehicle provides superior visibility and a power driver seat infused with a sense of openness. The center stack comes in a traditional design language.

On the flipside, though, the new CR-V offers difficult-to-use controls, and lacks any engine upgrade. In overall, the vehicle should fit many households due to its easy-to-use demeanor and fuel efficiency ratings, and despite the many alternatives in its segment, the CR-V offers a better appeal to existing users and would-be buyers.

2016 Honda CR-V interior

2016 Honda CR-V Engine Specs

A 2.4L 4-cyl powerplant comes fitted on every Honda CR-V for 2016 and is able to crank out 185 hp and 181 pounds of torque. The only available transmission system should be the Continuously Variable Transmission system. Additionally, would-be buyers will have a choice of choosing either the FWD or the AWD systems.

The EPA ratings for 2016 are yet to be released, however, the 2015 Honda CRV has fuel economy ratings of 27/34/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the front-wheel-drive system, which is undeniable impressive in today’s standards. As for the AWD system, the CRV returns 26/33/28 mpg.

2016 Honda CR-V spy photo

Our own test drive for the current model yielded 8.8 seconds for 0-60 mph acceleration. Some of the safety features to expect from the invigorated CR-V include blind spot monitoring, stability control, antilock brakes, traction control, forward collision warning system, automatic braking intervention system, and lane assist.

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